The Mediterranean Feel On The American West

Portland is one of the cities in the United States that is not well-known for tourists from Asia. Even though there are many interesting things that can be enjoyed in the city not too far from Seattle and Los Angeles. Portland is home to about 600,000 people and is the largest city in the state of Oregon. This city is one of the old cities in the United States which has a long history. If you have the opportunity to go to Portland, you can try the things that are told at times/.

Natural conditions in Portland are greatly influenced by the two major rivers that flow on its sides, namely the Willamette River and the Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean which is only 70 miles from the city center. The air temperature in Portland in early September is cool, ranging between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius. These subtropical atmospheric conditions and its location which is about 40 degrees North latitude (parallel to the Mediterranean Sea which separates Asia and Europe) make Portland considered to have a Mediterranean climate. Various nicknames are pinned on this city.

Portland is sometimes called the City of Roses because its nature is perfect for growing roses. There are many rose gardens in this city. There is also an international rose festival that is held regularly. Portland is also called the City of Bikes because it is very friendly to cyclists. The city is billed as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the US, in fact, the most bicycle-friendly city in the world. The proportion of commuters who use a bicycle in the city is 6%, 10 times the US average. As a city of bicycles, of course, there are a number of leading bicycle shops in this city. The buses in this city are also equipped with a special place for bicycles.

In the city, there are various interesting places to visit, such as dozens of Farmers Markets spread across various parks with different schedules. A brochure I got at Farmers Market indicated that there were over 23 farmer’s markets in the city of Portland alone. According to the brochure, throughout Oregon, there are nearly 100 farmer’s markets. At the farmers market, visitors can buy local fruits and vegetables, fruit juices in simple packaging, and enjoy food in tents held by vendors around the market.